The former US Intelligence officer Ana Belen Montes, a long-time spy for Cuba now serving time in a federal prison for espionage against her native America, caused the death of a US Army Special Forces sergeant twenty years ago.
That news has just surfaced in a new book by Defense Intelligence Agency counter-spy Scott Carmichael. Ana Montes was arrested as a spy for Cuba six years ago.
Carmichael says that Montes, working the Cuban desk of the DIA itself, visited a secret US Special Forces Camp in El Salvador in 1987.
She turned detailed information about the camp over to her Cuban handlers almost immediately. A few weeks later on March 31, 1987, pro-Castro guerillas from the Marxist group Farabundo Marti National Liberation attacked the camp in a precisely planned early morning assault.
US Army Sgt Greg Fronius, who won a Silver Star for his heroism that morning, died from wounds received in the attack. The terrorists were guided by information that came directly from US intelligence officer Ana Montes at DIA.
The book is being published by the prestigious US Naval Institute Press. All of the proceeds are being given to Sgt. Fronius’ family.
The author, Carmichael, played a role in uncovering Montes as a spy, although the FBI was already aware that someone in DIA was leaking to the Cubans and were investigating.
Montes was arrested ten days after 9/11, the day before she would have been told about secret plans for the US military incursion against the Taliban in Afghanistan and was already under heavy FBI surveillance. US authorities were fearful she would deliver the Afghan operations plans to the Cubans so they moved in and grabbed her.
Ana Belen Montes is serving a 25 year- long prison sentence. Not long enough in the minds of some.